The Palm Beach County Sports Commission and the Ski Club of the Palm Beaches have partnered together to host USA Water Ski & Wake Sports’ 81st GOODE Water Ski National Championships at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach from August 9-12, 2023. This year’s event will mark the fifth time the National Championships has been held in The Palm Beaches and the first time since 2019.
The nation’s top water ski athletes will compete for national titles in slalom, tricks, jumping, and overall, in respective age divisions and two open divisions during the four-day event. Over 600 adult participants, 200 youth participants, and thousands of spectators will travel from across the nation to participate in this event.
Advancement to the GOODE Water Ski National Championships is primarily earned through placement on the national rankings list. Athletes can also qualify for nationals by placing in the top five at regionals or by placing in the top five at the previous year’s nationals.
In addition to the thrills and excitement that will be generated by this action-packed event, the GOODE Water Ski National Championships will bring tremendous economic benefits to the local community. This event will fill thousands of room nights during the month of August while creating an enormous level of economic benefits for Palm Beach County’s hospitality industry.
USA Water Ski & Wake Sports is the national governing body for the sport, which is comprised of more than 600 member clubs throughout the nation. The Palm Beach County Sports Commission is supporting the Ski Club of the Palm Beaches and its efforts to organize the GOODE Water Ski National Championships. The Ski Club of the Palm Beaches is one of the most active and productive clubs in the country and partners with Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation to maintain five freshwater ski lakes custom-designed for competition waterskiing at Okeeheelee Park.
Go inside this world-class water ski event by clicking below to see highlights from the last time the event called The Palm Beaches home.